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Great Lakes The Wright Pils - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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85
very good

711 Ratings
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Ratings: 711
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 35
Gots: 74 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2009

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Ratings: 711 | Reviews: 197
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4.3/5  rDev +14.4%

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4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another EXCELLENT American-made Pilsner! The Czechs and Germans better watch out...as we're finally catching up (and improving?) on their classic beer.

Pilsner was to me personally, one of my last beer-tastes to develop. Of course I grew up knowing about the super-mild American-mega-brew "pilsners" and getting a headache from just one Bud. I cut my micro-brew teeth on Sam Adams...and they didn't do Pilsner until very recently. So, naturally, light-colored beer--assumed I--just wasn't good beer, right?

WRONG! I traveled to Germany and the Czech Republic, and read how Pilsner, when first developed there, was the epitome of the Brewer's art. To make a taste-filled, delicately hopped light colored beer, is really NOT EASY. Any brewer can do an OK IPA or dark ale. But GOOD pilsner, well, it takes a REAL pro to brew that!

The guys at Great Lakes clearly ARE real pros. This is a beautiful transparent light-golden beer with a generous head.

A faint aroma of Saaz hops is apparent, with the sold malt. Bohemian pils, vs. German pils has a more malt accent, or less of a hop bite (depending on your perspective). The differences are very subtle, like Pilsner is in general.

Pilsen the city of course is in Czech, but the Germans have always been very influential to the Czechs. When the major brewery in Pilsen looked for a new head brewer, they hired a German from Munich....who promptly invented what became known as "Pilsner-beer" copied all over central Europe (and eventually the world). So Pilsner is ultimately a Czech/German style...a joint development by both.

If you'd ever seen the barley fields in central Germany and Czech, you'd understand....

The Wright Pils is a DELICIOUS beer, one that both wise beer afficianados will appreciate...and can share with their be-nighted big-brew friends.

It's a SESSION beer, with delicate flavor, NOT an IPA....so don't expect it to hit you in the face.

HIGHLY recommended!!!

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4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Pilsner. The taste is full of hops and settles nicely. 5.3% ABV and 159 calories are a nice combination. Got to support Cleveland for introducing this nice blend. Full hops with a dry present finish. This is a great combination in relation to cost, calories, and taste.

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4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A full, brassy-gold color, with a modest white head. Retention is decent even though the head is never very robust to begin with.

S: A bready/doughy and moderately grainy malt aroma - unmistakably a pilsner in the nose. Noble hops are prominent, lending floral, lemony, and lightly dusty notes to the beer.

T: A firm malt presence up front. Dry, crackery graininess up front, with a nice underlying bready sweetness. Hop presence is noticeable, with a firm bite and a classic noble hop profile of floral and herbal flavors. A faint soapy/lemony flavor is also present.

M: Rather hefty for a pilsner - full bodied, with medium carbonation. Dry and refreshing, but definitely not a lighter version of this style.

D: A very pleasant, easy drinking pilsner from Great Lakes. It was certainly refreshing on a hot afternoon, and this is a welcome summer seasonal in my book.

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4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to sliverX for this excellent and unexpected extra (that was a lot of xs in one sentence!).

Pours a bright golden yellow with exceptional clarity. Loads of bubbles sit like little beads on the bottom of the glass. They regularly break from the bottom and rise to the surface, meeting a soft, white skim that results from the quick fade of the initial 1 1/2 finger fizzy head. Not much lace to speak of.

Aroma is basic, clean and crisp. Grains are a little sweet and dry.

Taste is very crisp and more full than expected. Nice toasty grains that are hearty while still being light fill the palate. Light lemony citrus adds a bright highlight. Feel is well-carbonated and crisp with a little stickiness in the aftertaste that perpetuates the tastiness.

Exceptional drinkability. Very, very tasty while still being light, crisp and refreshing. Can I have another?

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Great Lakes The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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